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Good Governance: Measuring the Performance of Governments

  • Robert I. Rotberg
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Abstract

Precise measurements of governance as a whole, and of governance separated into its component parts, permit researchers and policy-makers to separate good performers from bad performers, regionally and globally. Carefully and painstakingly measuring governance by the outcome method can show whether regimes are delivering necessary and desirable governmentally provided performance results to their citizens. This concept of governance enables an existing government, civil society, or donors to appreciate which parts of an overall system are working well and which poorly. Critical decisions can thus be made that can, in the best of circumstances, improve living conditions for the inhabitants of the developing world.

Keywords

Governance Measurement Performance Social returns Foreign investment Political goods Subjective data Objective data Proxy data Inputs Outputs Civil society 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert I. Rotberg
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  1. 1.Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate ConflictCambridgeUSA

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